Attending a congregation, being a part of a local church, is vital to the survival of a Christian. It is a place where we can come and worship God with other like-minded people, or Christ-minded people, rather. However, it also depends on where one is at with the Lord. Some have been taught, and have obeyed the gospel already, but are looking for a church to be a member of where they can be a part of a family, flourishing and growing together in Him. Maybe, this is you. Please take the time to ask any questions you may have, even the difficult ones. Also, see that we are a family of God that really cares for one another. We are an active congregation with very many active members working hard in furthering the gospel of Christ Jesus. This is not a sales pitch; it is the truth. Is everyone at Milwaukee Avenue like this? Sadly, no, but the majority are, and it is easy to get a sense of that in just a single visit with us.
You may also be someone who is here because you are looking for God. I do not wish to take away from the church in any way by saying this; however, the church alone cannot save you. It is not what takes our sins away, making us whole. Only our relationship with Jesus can get us in good standing with the Father. The only way to have a relationship with Him, is to obey His gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ can be translated as, the good news of Jesus Christ. It is referred to as the “Good News” because of what Jesus did that allows for us to have our sins forgiven. Jesus died on a cross, was buried, and raised from the dead three days later. He lives on, and Him doing this allows us to also live forever in heaven with Him. This is great news, but how do we as people fit into this equation? Since Christ died for the whole world, is everyone now saved? In hearing the gospel of Christ, in one who is seeking the Lord, it should invoke a response. “What should I do?” Even though Jesus died in order to take away the sins of all mankind, there is still something that we must do in order to receive forgiveness. The same message that we preach today in the 21st century is the same one that Peter preached back in the 1st century. When the people heard the good news, they asked the question, “What shall we do? He said to them in Acts 2:38, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
This may be where you are at in your search for the Lord. We can help you with this. Church is more than jus a building filled with pews that we come to on Sundays to hear a sermon from the preacher. It is what we become a part of when we are baptized into Christ. Just sitting in a pew with other Christians does not automatically make us a part of the church in God’s eyes, even though it may sometimes seem that way on the surface.
If this is where you are at in your search for the Lord, let us teach you from the word of God, the truth. We have no other agenda than to help you get to where you need to be, which is in Christ, and as a church, we will not only help you get there, but will also hold your hand along the way as we continue to grow deeper and stronger, together in Him. As Christians, we need Jesus, first and foremost. After that, we need each other, because it is far too difficult for us to follow Him all alone; we need the help of other Christians who have been there and done that.
I hope that this article has found you in some way, and explains to you more accurately what it means to not just “go to church,” but to be a Christian, in the church. And if this is what you are looking for, a church home where the truth found in God’s word is taught and followed, we warmly welcome you into it.